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John Patitucci

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born on 22/12/1959 in Brooklyn, NY, United States

John Patitucci

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John Patitucci (born December 22, 1959) is an American jazz bassist and composer.


John James Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1] When he was 12 he bought his first bass and decided on his career. He listened to bass parts in R&B songs on the radio and on his grandfather's jazz records. He cites as influences Oscar Peterson's albums with Ray Brown and Wes Montgomery's with Ron Carter.[2] For the development of rhythm, he points to the time he has spent with Danilo Pérez, a pianist from Panama.[3]

In the late 1970s he studied acoustic bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. He began his professional career when he moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and made connections with Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, and Tom Scott. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s he was a member of three Chick Corea groups: the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet. As a leader he formed a trio with Joey Calderazzo and Peter Erskine, and a quartet with Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Tavaglione, and John Beasley. He has played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Roy Haynes.[1] Patitucci switches between double bass and electric bass.[3]

He was the artistic director of the Bass Collective, a school for bassists in New York City and is involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. He was Professor of Jazz Studies at City College of New York. In June 2012 he started the Online Jazz Bass School. He was appointed artist in residence at Berklee College of Music.[4]

Back in Brooklyn

Back in Brooklyn is a documentary about Patitucci released by August Sky Films in 2015. Directed by Patrick Cone, the film includes footage from rehearsals, studio sessions, live performances, and interviews with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. The documentary was filmed while or around the time Patitucci's album Brooklyn was recorded.[5]

Awards and honors

  • Most Valuable Player, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1986
  • Best Jazz Bassist, Guitar Player magazine Readers' Poll, 1992, 1994, 1995
  • Best Jazz Bassist, Bass Player magazine Readers' Poll, 1993–1996
  • Grammy Award nomination, Beyond the Sound Barrier as member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group, 2005
  • Lifetime Achievement award, Bass Player magazine, 2019[6]


As leader

  • John Patitucci (GRP, 1987)
  • On the Corner (GRP, 1989)
  • Sketchbook (GRP, 1990)
  • Heart of the Bass (Stretch, 1992)
  • Another World (GRP, 1993)
  • Mistura Fina (GRP, 1995)
  • One More Angel (Concord, 1997)
  • Now (Concord, 1998)
  • Imprint (Concord, 2000)
  • Communion (Concord, 2001)
  • Songs, Stories & Spirituals (Concord, 2003)
  • Line by Line (Concord, 2006)
  • Remembrance (Concord, 2009)
  • Brooklyn (Three Faces, 2015)[7]
  • Soul of the Bass (2019)[8]

With groups

  • 1987 All Strings Attached with Tal Farlow, John Abercrombie, Larry Carlton, Larry Coryell, John Scofield
  • 1997 Jason Salad! with Peter Erskine, Alessandro Galati, Bob Sheppard
  • 2000 The Hudson Project with Peter Erskine, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer
  • 2000 The Roy Haynes Trio with Roy Haynes, Danilo Pérez
  • 2005 'S Wonderful The Great Jazz Trio with Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette
  • 2010 Continental Talk with Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Stanislav Mitrovic, Ratko Zjaca
  • 2015 Children of the Light with Danilo Pérez, Brian Blade

As sideman or guest

With Karrin Allyson

  • 2001 Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane
  • 2015 Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motéma)

With David Benoit

  • 1987 Freedom at Midnight
  • 1989 Waiting for Spring
  • 1992 Letter to Evan

With Cheryl Bentyne

  • 1992 Something Cool
  • 2003 Talk of the Town

With Chick Corea

  • 1986 The Elektric Band
  • 1987 Light Years
  • 1988 Eye of the Beholder
  • 1989 Chick Corea Akoustic Band
  • 1990 Inside Out
  • 1991 Alive
  • 1991 Beneath the Mask
  • 1995 Time Warp
  • 2000 Live from Blue Note Tokyo
  • 2003 Rendezvous in New York
  • 2004 To the Stars
  • 2017 The Musician

With Al Di Meola

  • 1998 The Infinite Desire
  • 2000 The Grande Passion
  • 2006 Consequence of Chaos

With Victor Feldman

  • 1983 To Chopin with Love
  • 1987 Rio Nights

With Dave Grusin

  • 1991 The Gershwin Connection
  • 1992 GRP All-Star Big Band
  • 1993 Dave Grusin Presents GRP All-Star Big Band Live!
  • 1993 Homage to Duke
  • 1994 All Blues
  • 1997 West Side Story

With Chuck Loeb

  • 1998 The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun
  • 1999 Listen

With Eric Marienthal

  • 1988 Voices of the Heart
  • 1989 Round Trip
  • 1990 Crossroads
  • 1991 Oasis
  • 1993 One Touch
  • 2015 Bridges with Chuck Loeb

With Danilo Pérez

  • 1998 Central Avenue
  • 2000 Motherland
  • 2003 ...Till Then

With Lee Ritenour

  • 1990 Stolen Moments
  • 1992 Wes Bound
  • 2005 World of Brazil
  • 2006 Smoke 'N' Mirrors

With Wayne Shorter

  • 1986 Phantom Navigator
  • 2003 Alegría
  • 2005 Beyond the Sound Barrier
  • 2013 Without a Net
  • 2018 Emanon

With Edward Simon

  • 2003 The Process
  • 2006 Unicity
  • 2009 Poesia
  • 2013 Trio Live in New York at Jazz Standard

With others

See also

  • List of jazz bassists


  1. ^ a b Gilbert, Mark (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 245. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ Lutz, Phillip (July 2015). "Home Turf". Downbeat. Elmhurst, Illinois: Maher Publications. 82 (7): 41–42.
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